Office: L237, QuSoft/CWI / Phone: +31 (0)20 592 4328 / Email:

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam (KdVI, ITFA, ILLC) and a Senior Researcher at QuSoft. My office is located at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI).

My research is in quantum information theory and its connections to mathematics, fundamental physics & computing. I am in part supported by an NWO Veni grant on Quantum bits in space and time. I am part of the NWA quantum/nano route and a member of the Geometry and Quantum Theory mathematical research cluster.

Motivated by quantum information, I also study mathematical problems in representation theory and invariant theory through the lens of classical and quantum computation.

Curriculum vitae: [pdf]


  • I will be giving lectures on Quantum Information at the 14th Kavli Asian Winter School on Strings, Particles and Cosmology at Tohoku University in January 2020. See here for more information.
  • QuSoft has an opening for a talented PhD student in the area of quantum computing and simulation on small (NISQ) quantum devices or emulators. Please see here for more information.

  • New article accepted in Communications of Mathematical Physics

  • I am currently looking to hire a PhD student in quantum information. For more information and to apply, see here. The position is now filled.

  • New article accepted in PRX: Entanglement Wedge Reconstruction via Universal Recovery Channels

  • Together with Peter Bürgisser, I organized a mini-symposium on “Efficient algorithms for geometric invariant theory” at SIAM-AG 2019. See here for details.

  • I am currently looking to hire a postdoc in quantum information science. For more information and to apply, see here. The position is now filled.

  • Together with Maris Ozols, I organized a web class for high-school students to learn about quantum computing. See here for more details about The Quantum Quest.

  • I recently visited the Science Café Nijmegen to discuss about space-time tangled up in quantum information. See here for some impressions.

  • Together with Ankit Garg, Rafael Oliveira, and Avi Wigderson, I organized a workshop on scaling algorithms and applications at FOCS 2018. See here for details.

  • New article published in PRX: popular summary & article


  • Bas Dirkse (PhD candidate), multiparty protocols for quantum networks
  • Marten Folkertsma (MSc project)
  • Jonas Helsen (postdoctoral researcher)
  • Yinan Li (postdoctoral researcher)
  • Laurens Ligthard (MSc project)
  • Harold Nieuwboer (PhD candidate)
  • Freek Witteveen (PhD candidate), quantum information & field theory


  • Emma Loos (2018-19, MSc project on cMERA and holography; soon PhD student at Würzburg)
  • Jeroen Dekker (2018-19, MSc project on holographic tensor networks and smooth entropies)
  • Lars van Geest (2019, BSc project on tensor networks for the Motzkin spin chain)
  • John Paul Marceaux (2019, academic skills project on design theory)
  • Philip Verduyn Lunel (2018-19, MSc project on quantum simulations and many-body localization)
  • Raja Damanik (2018, MSc project on optimality in stabilizer testing; now lecturer at the University of Indonesia)
  • Casper Guyrik (2018, MSc project on quantum algorithms for factoring and post-quantum RSA, daily supervised by Ronald de Wolf; now PhD student at Leiden)
  • Philip Roeleveld (2018, BSc project on a truncated tensor scaling algorithm)
  • Wouter Borg (2018, BSc project on entanglement in the stabilizer formalism)

Next group meeting: See Slack.

Publications and Preprints

See the arXiv (and also GitHub).


Fall 2019: New Bachelor’s course Introduction to Information Theory [more]

Fall 2019: Master Seminar in Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics [more]
We will be reading Bernd Sturmfels’ book “Algorithms in Invariant Theory”.

Spring 2019: MasterMath course Quantum Information Theory [more]

Spring 2019: Master Seminar in Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics [more]
We are reading Sagan’s book “The Symmetric Group”. Here is a refresher on basic representation theory roughly following Sections 1.1–1.6.

Spring 2018: Master course on Symmetry and Quantum Information [more]
I previously taught a similar course at Stanford University. Watch this lecture as a teaser. I also taught an abridged version of this course at IES in Cargese.

See here for introductory lectures on quantum information, field theory, and gravity (with an emphasis on links between these fields).

See here and here if you are looking for a Google Summer of Code project!

Quantum Software and Society

Selected Talks

  • “Quantum circuits for the Dirac field in 1+1 dimensions”, AEI 2019, Stanford 2019, YITP 2019 [pdf] [video] [pdf] [pdf]
  • “Quantum marginals, invariants, and non-commutative optimization”, Leiden 2019, SIAM-AG 2019 [pdf] [pdf]
  • “Quantum Marginals, Entanglement, and Symmetries”, DPG 2019 [pdf]
  • “An invitation to tensor networks”, IAS 2018 [video]
  • “Quantum Information and Holography”, DESY 2018 [pdf] [video]
  • “Schur-Weyl Duality for the Clifford Group: Property testing, de Finetti representations, and a robust Hudson theorem”, QIP 2018, Boulder 2018, Bad Honnef 2018 [pdf] [video] [pdf] [pdf]
  • “Quantum entanglement and space-time”, Groningen 2018 [html] [video]
  • “Convexity, marginals, and moment polytopes”, IAS 2018 [pdf] [video]
  • “Introduction to Quantum Programming”, QuSoft 2018
  • “Quantum marginal problem, tensor scaling, and invariant theory”, NMC 2018 [pdf]
  • “Rigorous entanglement renormalization from wavelets”, KITP 2017, Caltech 2017, AEI 2018, Amsterdam 2018, GGI 2018 [pdf] [video] [pdf] [pdf] [pdf]
  • “When is a quantum state a stabilizer state?”, QuSoft 2017, QuTech 2018 [pdf]
  • “Bulk reconstruction, error correction, and recovery maps”, KITP 2017 [video]
  • “Tensor network models of holography”, DESY 2017
  • “When is a state a stabilizer state? Testing stabilizer states with six copies”, CWI 2017
  • “Tensors and Quantum Physics”, Auburn 2017 [video]
  • “Multiparty entanglement, random codes, and quantum gravity”, Coogee 2017 [pdf], “Multipartite entanglement in toy models of holography”, Simons Center for Geometry & Physics 2016 [pdf] [video]
  • “Entanglement in random tensor networks”, Georgia Tech 2016 [pdf]
  • “Holographic duality from random tensor networks”, MIT 2015, KITP 2016, Cologne 2016, IQC 2016 [pdf] [pdf] [video] [other]
  • “Moment polytopes & computational complexity”, Berkeley 2015 [pdf]
  • “The Holographic Entropy Cone”, ETHZ, Caltech, CRM 2015; QIP 2016 [pdf short] [video] [pdf long]
  • “Kronecker coefficients and complexity theory”, Dartmouth 2015, Rome 2016 [pdf]
  • “Topologically ordered models in higher dimensions”, QGQIT 2015 [pdf]
  • “Random Quantum Marginals”, IAS 2014 [video]
  • “A Heisenberg Limit for Quantum Region Estimation”, ISIT 2014 [pdf]
  • “The Quantum Marginal Problem”, DPG Spring Meeting 2014 [pdf]
  • “Entanglement Polytopes”, QIP 2013; QSIT Lunch Seminar [pdf] [video] [science] [pdf] [explorer]
  • “Quantum Entropies and Representation Theory”, IHES 2013 [pdf]
  • “Computing Multiplicities of Lie Group Representations”, FOCS 2012 [pdf] [video]
  • “Quantum State Tomography of 1000 Bosons”, SPS Meeting 2012 [pdf]
  • “Quantum Marginals and Classical Moments”, IMS 2013 [pdf]
  • “Eigenvalue Distributions of Reduced Density Matrices”, ICMP 2012 [pdf]